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House of Blues – Part I
I have quiet an eclectic musical taste, from King Crimson to Simon & Garfunkel and The Rolling Stones to Coldplay with a bit of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby thrown in for good measure. So in many respects it is a bit surprising that it has taken me ten years to experience the entertainment that is to be found at the Sunday Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues. I had always fancied the idea since our first visit to Orlando in 1998 and finally booked tickets for our most recent holiday. Although I could have booked on-line I couldn’t remember if my Disney Annual Pass entitled me to a discount and as I have free calls to the US I decided to give them a ring. The booking process was straightforward, although it transpired that I couldn’t get any discount, and I was given a booking reference to quote when we went to pick up our tickets.
The doors opened at 10. 30am and we arrived about half an hour before hand. Not being sure if seating was pre-allocated, I left my wife and our daughter to keep our place in the line while I went to the booking kiosk to pick up our tickets. There was no problem with regards to the seating however as I soon discovered that table and seat numbers were printed on our ticket – so no mad dash for the ‘best seats’. When we had slowly made our way to the front door we were told that our seats were upstairs. My initial reaction was to wonder whether in fact we were in the ‘cheap seats’ and would we have to keep making trips downstairs to go to the buffet. Nevertheless we took the lift to the upper floor and were greeted by a member of staff who showed us to our seats. The upper floor is a three sided balcony with seating on two levels on all three sides. There is a bar behind the seating, facing the stage, and long food laden tables along one side of the balcony. It turned out that our seats were on the lower level and directly front and center of the stage. Excellent seats in fact!
We were soon lost for choice as to what to eat with an amazing selection of food on offer. There were salads, including Caesar salad and Field Greens with pecans, hot dishes such as bacon, sausage, eggs and Creole chicken jambalaya plus fresh fruits, waffles, shrimp, chocolate walnut brownies, while coffee, soft drinks and fruit juices plus made to order omelettes were available from the bar.
To learn more about our morning please see House of Blues part 2.
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